If your Kansas driver’s license faces suspension, or if you have been charged for driving while your license is suspended or revoked in Garden City KS or the surrounding areas, you need an experienced Kansas traffic lawyer to defend you.
The penalties for driving with an expired, suspended or revoked license in Kansas are very severe. Driving While Suspended (DWS) or Driving While Revoked (DWR) carries a minimum mandatory jail sentence of 5 consecutive days. In addition, your license can be suspended an additional 90 days.
Kansas is a “moving violation” state. This means if you receive 3 moving violations anytime within the last 12 months your license will be suspended. A moving violation covers dozens of infractions as defined in 33 different Kansas Statutes. Also, in Kansas, if you are convicted of driving without insurance your license is automatically suspended. In this case you will need to pay a reinstatement fee and maintain proof of insurance filings for 12 consecutive months.
As you can see, your license is in jeopardy of suspension on many fronts and in some cases you may not even know it occurred. This is usually the case when a person moves. Kansas statutes require you notify the Driver Control Bureau in Topeka of your new address within 10 days of moving. This can be easily overlooked especially when a person is in the process of moving to a new residence.
Another law you should be aware of is the Habitual Violator statute (K.S.A. 8-287) which states any person with 3 violations for driving without insurance and/or DWS within three years will automatically receive a three year driver’s license suspension.
With all these pitfalls it is important to have an experienced traffic lawyer by your side to protect your driving rights. As an experienced traffic attorney in Garden City KS, I can check your driving record and properly litigate the reasons for suspension. In many cases, we can get tickets amended to lesser charges. This prevents the potential of repeat conviction penalties, dismisses jail time and lowers the fines and court costs you will have to pay.